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Letter: Government is now for the wealthy elite

About a hundred years ago Congress wisely passed a law banning corporations from funding election campaigns of those seeking to be elected to Congress.

A major turning point occurred when the Supreme Court ruled on the lawsuit of "Citizens United" which gave corporations the same constitutional rights of ordinary citizens to invest their money as they wish. This opened the money floodgates.

Corporations funded over $6 billion in the 2010 election process and our 2012 election that is expected to be higher. The dynamics of our political process have been radically changed in these last two elections. Corporations and the wealthy elite have formed Super Pacs. Over a thousand lobbyists representing the Super Pacs have been working with those seeking to be elected, sharing which legislations their corporations want approved by Congress. For those who will support their legislative goals, the Super Pacs will fund their election campaign. Big money has had a major role in determining the legislation of congress.

Many members of Congress do not support the agendas sought by corporations, and as a result the contribution of their supporters is far less than for those funded by the Super Pacs. We need to encourage Congress to restore the ban of corporations funding election campaigns. That would equalize the funding process, allowing the elections to be funded by the common citizens.

I fear that our government now is of, by, and for the corporations and wealthy elite. It is not "we the people," but the Super Pacs that have the most influence.

As a pastor, I believe there are millions of Christians and concerned citizens who have concerns much more significant than the Super Pacs. Our faith leads us to seek justice and compassion for all, but especially for those not able to meet their own basic needs. I am grateful for the many people who recognize the immorality of legislation that advocates cutting programs that help the needy in order to make it possible to cut taxes for the wealthy. -- Rev. Milo Mathison, Mentor